“From the Qur’an to the Bible”
“From Muhammad to Jesus”
FROM THE QUR’AN
1. The Christian Scriptures
Many Muslims and their Clerics speak of the Holy Bible as Muhammad never would. They speak of Christians and Jews that have corrupted the Bible, that it’s not trustworthy. Muhammad did not speak in this way and neither does the Qur’an. The Qur’an speaks of a group of Christians who twisted the Bible with their ‘tongues.’ “And there is a party of them who distort the Scripture with their tongues, that you may think that what they say is from the Scripture when it is not from the Scripture…” (Surah 3:78). It does not say that the text of the Bible was twisted.
2. The Christian Scriptures are a Revelation
Muhammad said that Christians are to stand firmly upon their ‘Scriptures,’ the Holy Bible. “Say, O People of the Scripture! You have nothing (of guidance) until you observe the Torah and the Gospel and that which was revealed to you from your Lord” (Surah 5:68). Would Muhammad tell Christians to stand upon their Scriptures if they were corrupt?
3. Reverence is to be Given to the Christian Scriptures
Muhammad makes no distinction between the Bible and the Qur’an. ”Say, [O believers], “We believe in Allah and that which is revealed to us and that which was revealed to Abraham, and Ishmael, and Isaac, and Jacob, and the tribes, and that which Moses and Jesus received, and that which the prophets received from their Lord. We make no distinction between any of them, and to Him, we have surrendered” (Surah 2:136). Muslims are to give reverence to the Holy Bible.
4. The Christian Scriptures are Inspired of God
Divine inspiration prevents men from error when transmitting God’s word to paper. “And we sent not (as our messengers) before you other than men, whom we inspired. Ask the followers of the Jewish Scriptures if you know not” (Surah 21:7). Therefore, the Bible is God’s uncorrupted word.
5. The Christian Scriptures Will be Kept from Corruption
The Bible, that is. “We, even we, reveal the Jewish Scriptures, and we verily are its guardian” (Surah 15:9). “And to you we have revealed the Scripture with the truth, confirming whatever Scripture was before it, and watcher over it” (Surah 5:48). What Scriptures came before the Qur’an? The Bible! And so the Bible is to be confirmed and guarded safely. So, the Qur’an says the Bible is inspired and preserved from corruption. If Allah is powerful enough to keep men from corrupting the Qur’an, why was he not able to keep man from corrupting the Bible? This is a major fault line in Islamic teaching.
Finally, if the Bible and the Qur’an have the same author, we should have unity in teaching, but we don’t. Muslim clerics don’t want you to read the Bible for the same reason Satan doesn’t want you to read it. That’s why they forbid you to question the Qur’an and teach that no mercy is given to any who do. They go against the teaching of their own ‘prophet’ and are afraid you might believe the truth and be saved.
TO THE BIBLE
1. The Christian Bible is Inspired and Preserved
Read the Bible, and ask the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob to speak to you. “For prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost” (2Peter 1:21). “All scripture is given by inspiration of God” (2Timothy 3:16). “But the word of the Lord endureth forever” (1Peter 1:25).
2. The Christian Bible Alone is God’s Revelation
God wants you to know him, himself. His power and authority; His holiness; His righteous law; His justice; His love; His grace and His mercy. As you read the Bible you will see how man chose willfully to disobey God. What God calls sin. “Sin is transgression of the law” (1John 3:4).
3. The Christian Bible is God’s Revelation of Man
It reveals that we have all sinned, “But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die” (Genesis 2:17). “Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death by sin; and so death passed upon all men, for that all have sinned” (Romans 5:12). Adam did not physically, he died a spiritual death, separating us all from God, “But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you…” (Isaiah 59:2).
4. The Christian Bible is God’s Remedy for Sin
We can be pardoned, our sin, shame and guilt removed. But it needed a blood sacrifice. Quoting Moses from the Old Testament, the Apostle says, “without shedding of blood is no remission” (Hebrews 9:22). No forgiveness that is. But God has provided the blood sacrifice, his own Son, God’s Lamb. “The lamb of God which taketh away the sin of the world” (John 1:29). “Who God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood” (Romans 3:25). Propitiation means the payment, payment in full, for our sin.
Muhammad needed forgiveness, “Then have patience, O Muhammad. The promise of Allah is true. And ask for forgiveness for your sin…(Surah 40:55).
Muhammad had eleven wives, contrary to Qur’an’s forbidding more than four, “And if you fear that you will not deal fairly with the orphans, marry of the women, who seem good to you, two or three or four; and if you fear that you cannot do justice to so many then only one” (Surah 4:3).
Muhammad says in the Qur’an Jesus was never crucified, “And because to their saying: We slew the Messiah, Jesus the Son of Mary, Allah’s messenger, they slew him not, nor crucified him…” (Surah 4:157.
Muhammad claims to be a prophet of God. The prophetic line ran through Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, so he would have to have been a Jew?
Muhammad confesses the law and the gospel are from God, why do they not then believe them?
If Muhammad were truly a prophet from God would Allah not have revealed to him what the Trinity was? “And when Allah says: O Jesus, son of Mary! Did you say to mankind: Take me and my mother for two gods besides Allah?… (Surah 5:116).
Muhammad gave his followers no source to end their violence.
Muhammad’s treatment of mercy is cavalier, to say the least, there is no atonement, no blood sacrifice, therefore, no forgiveness, none at all.
Jesus needed no forgiveness, he was God’s spotless Son, “In Him is no sin” (1John 3:4).
Jesus was perfectly obedient to His Father’s will, always, that is what qualified him to take our sin upon himself on the cross. “and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross” (Philippians 2:8). “For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2Corinthians 5:21).
Jesus ‘was’ crucified, “Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified” (Matthew 27:26). “And they crucified him” (Matthew 27:35).
Jesus was the prophet predicted by Moses, not Muhammad. “The Lord thy God will raise up unto thee a Prophet from the midst of thee, of thy brethren, like unto me; unto him, ye shall hearken” (Deuteronomy 18:15). Note, of thy brethren, a Jew in other words.
Jesus himself defines the Trinity, “Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost” (Matthew 28:19).
Jesus declares the eschatological outworking of the gospel, peace. “The wolf and the lamb shall feed together, and the lion shall eat straw like the bullock: and dust shall be the serpent’s meat. They shall not hurt nor destroy in all my holy mountain, saith the Lord” (Isaiah 65:25). “And there was no more sea” (Revelation 21:1). The latter verse meaning no more sin, nothing that will cause any disruption in the new heavens and new earth.
Jesus’ kingdom does not advance with the sword, “Put up again thy sword” (Matthew 26:52). By proclamation his kingdom advances, “He said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15).
Renounce the Qur’an, turn from Muhammad. Come to Jesus. He is the way the truth and the life. Forgiveness, salvation is found in no other but him. He commands your repentance and demands your total allegiance.
“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30).
“Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me” (Matthew 16:24).
“Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved” (Acts 4:12).
JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!
(©️James R Hamilton, July 2018)